June 28, 2009

Show #67: The Yankees Series Marks the Beginning of the End?

The series loss to the Yankees.  What to do with Yunel?  Smoltz’s first start.  And bright spots for the 2009 Braves.

 

 

87 Responses to “Show #67: The Yankees Series Marks the Beginning of the End?”

  1. 1
    Bubdylan Says:

    Good show guys.

    Tommy Hanson = Wow. I totally had him pegged for his first loss today.

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    jrdbraves Says:

    The infield defense is terrible. This team has too much starting pitching to give away games with bad defense.

  3. 3
    Leah Says:

    Thanks for trying to end the show on a positive note guys. Still very much deflated but thanks for trying.

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    Chris in Boston Says:

    I don’t think it’s possible to win with a guy like Escobar in the middle of the infield. He’s not a winner. I would love to see him shipped off over the winter. I agree with Steve that trading him during the season would smell of desperation and reduce his value.

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    Anne Says:

    Agree with Steve 110% on Smoltz opinion. Happy happy happy that maybe one dumb thing the front office did doesn’t seem quite so dumb after all…if only for a moment. I’ll keep a side “Front Office Smoltz Redemption Tracker” for myself. Also agree with Chris — Escobar through the full season, please. Then do as you will and see who else might be willing to bite.

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    Chris in Boston Says:

    I followed the Smoltz game on the radio. His fastballs were getting creamed. The outs were screaming line drives. He was lucky to escape with only 5 ER’s. He was getting outs in the later innings with his slider. That’s in keeping with the minor league scouting on him: the only above average pitch he has left is the slider. The man knows how to pitch and has the heart of a lion, so with four pitches, he may be able to make it as a 4th starter. If we start hearing that he’s employing his 5th pitch (the knuckler) though, then he’s desperate and done. Anyway, a bad club was hitting him hard. Let’s see what the Yankees do.

    I’ll be glad to see Wren redeemed on this one. He’s not supposed to put together an old timer’s team.

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    Steve Says:

    A couple of things. I think Esco can and should be an integral part of this team going forward. He’s great in the field, most of the time, he’s one of our best hitters and he’s dirt cheap. My reasoning for saying let’s trade him is that I think Bobby will be here for 1 or 2 more seasons and that will lead to a further poisoning of Escobar’s attitude and stature on the team. Bobby doesn’t like him. It never ends well when Bobby doesn’t like you. And I think, despite the stench of desperation, we’d get a bunch for Esco tomorrow. All of that said, Esco ain’t going anywhere. And with Smoltz. It’s the same damn thing as with Glavine. Good baseball decision – BADLY, BADLY, BADLY executed. Smoltz, I believe, will be average this year. And the scouting reports were clearly right on Glavine. If they weren’t he’d be pitching somewhere. I believe that Glavine was so pissed he’d have accepted an offer almost anywhere to show the Braves were wrong. But his phone clearly did not ring. But all the baseball stuff is besides the point with Smoltz and Glavine. The front office handled two legends with no consideration for their stature at all. I’m not even talking about “respecting” them. I’m talking about handling them in a way where their long term relationship with the team would be unaffected. Wren screwed that up with both about 10 different ways.

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    Chris in Boston Says:

    Steve, with Smoltz, I don’t know how it could have gone well. Smoltz went to Boston because of the guaranteed money and the chance for the WS. There’s nothing wrong with that. Wren could have been calling Smoltz every week over the winter and fawning all over him, but Smoltz was going anyway. He wants to win. But Smoltz wasn’t going to leave town without turning it into a Smoltzie victimization drama. How else could he explain to his church friends in Alpharetta that he was going? The man has a major chip on his shoulder. It makes him a jerk of human being and also made him a great pitcher.

    I agree with Glavine. Ironically, Schuerholz wrote a book a few years back in which he emphasized the importance of being clear with employees about expectations. Wren should read it.

    Anyway, great athletes usually don’t go gently into the good night. I’m sure Kid Nichols had a bad ending, too; but the organization seems to have survived that one.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    It’s hard for me to root for Smoltz to fail…. wait….. no it’s not.

    Fail & fail hard, John. Any chance you’ll go to the press with regrets over your hot mouth when Wren made the right (non-) choice? Didn’t think so.

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    JFranco Says:

    Great show!

    Braves need to take 2 from Philly this series 1 win a series ain’t cutting it

    Tommy hanson doing great trying to get him on my fantasy team.

    Cox needs to play Yunel he is a solid SS. They need wins play the guy

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    JFranco Says:

    Don’t get me wrong my favorite player is Chipper Jones but when do the braves
    realize they need a new franchise player. Is hanson it? Because who else is it gonna
    be. I know Chip just signed a new contract last year but do you trade him or wait for
    him to retire? With the addition of Hanson and Nate this team can turn around with
    another big name in the line up. I believe Chipper can make an impact with a team
    in contention this year and maybe Braves can get someone to rebuild around.

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    Curt Says:

    Sporting News has the Braves ranked 24th today. That’s out of 30 people. Not saying these rankings mean much, but 24th? Yikes.

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    Steve Says:

    Chris in Boston: I agree with you to a point on Smoltz. He was likely out of here, short of a 5MM offer from the Braves. But, I think that Wren could have done more fawning and communicating. CYA, baby. The Braves should have known it was going to end how it did, because they should have had an idea heading into the off-season what they would pay him and they should have known it wasn’t going to be enough. With that in mind, you stay very communicative (to your point about the Schuerholz book) so that when the end comes, there way less for Smoltz, the primadonna, to complain about.

    JFranco: Hanson, maybe. McCann, definitely. McCann is now your heir apparent, in my opinion.

    Curt: Yeah. Not exactly heady days right now. Not until the sweep of the Phillies that is!

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    Scott Says:

    Thanks for the shout out for my dog Tucker–she was a true friend and was with me for eighteen years–she will be missed; that said, Bobby has been with us for at least that long and I’ve been considering having him put down. Am I wrong? Good points about Yunel although I am angry with him for being such a petulant child. The Yankees series and the insertion of Bennett at a crucial moment were, in my opinion, the beginning of the end of this season’s hopes. It’s time to start celebrating the young core of Hanson, Mclouth, McCann and even Medlin and to watch their evolution–or, for those who don’t believe in evolution; the advancement of their intelligent design. Go Braves!

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    JFranco Says:

    Steve-
    McCann yes is a great player. Now I’ve never met the guy he just doesn’t seem like he can take over being the captain if this team.

    I can’t wait for the return of Hudson, He will bring more confidence into the locker room and on the field.

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    Will Says:

    Good show again and think we keep YE and work on him.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Braves 5, Phillies 4

    Man, that was a great, great ballgame. Wow. Absolutely beautiful stuff. Way to go, Braves.

    PLEASE take this series.

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    Steve Says:

    Bub – great, great ballgame indeed. It seems so long since we’d gotten any hits in a ballgame. What a joy to watch the team when it actually generates some offense. 13 hits! Obscene! I used red and blue thumbtacks to put my Martin Prado poster up on my wall.

    Anne – great base running by your boy Matty in the 10th. Helped win the game.

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    Steve Says:

    Did anyone see if Garrett Anderson was in the group of players that mobbed Prado after the game winner? I looked hard for him and could not see him. He wouldn’t actually just walk into the clubhouse while the celebration is happening on the field, would he?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Steve, check 0:37 in this highlight video. That might be him to Hudson’s left. I think he took the field. I hope so. That would be a little too much.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Ooops, forgot the link.

    http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090630&content_id=5618704&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=atl

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    Leah Says:

    Like I said last week…timely hits leading to timely runs…leading to consecutive wins. Didn’t I also ask why Prado doesn’t atleast platoon with KJ? I don’t care what Kelly did last Sept. Great win. Dare I hope for a streak to rival the season’s best…3 wins?

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    Hamilton Says:

    Yup – that’s GA. He is just too slow to have made it to Prado in time. I think he just had a poor read on where Prado was headed and then, fearing hurting himself, short-armed him right at the last minute.

    Let me just jinx us now, but if we win two more, we are 2 back from the Phillies. The Mets are sucking wind, and the Marlins are almost as inconsistent as we are.

    We can build on this!

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    Steve Says:

    Agreed – that is definitely GA. Nice work, Mr. Zapruder. And yeah Hammy – I’m letting my mind play all those games, too. Hamels has not been Superman this season. Let’s win tonight. C’mon, let’s win tonight!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    “Nice work, Mr. Zapruder.”

    lol. “loafing… and to the left. loafing… and to the left.”

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Oh my God, I blew that joke. A little risky, but I should have said:

    “Black, and to the left. Black, and to the left.”

    Oh well, can’t win ‘em all.

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    Chris in Boston Says:

    I hate this team, but I can’t quit it. Go Captain Underpants!

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Ugh, comment #26 is bugging me. I meant it innocently…

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    Will Says:

    Bub…an off-color remark….

    haha, get it……sound of crickets…

    I think ABT followers have a sense of humor and tend to be very tolerant of the other opinions expressed on the board. Frankly I don’t find that comment offensive…Back and to the left is part of the common culture and GA is black. It was funny….perhaps a bit edgy sure…but funny. I vote ok.

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    Curt Says:

    Maybe “Slack and the the left”? but I’m with Will. We talk about Cox slapping his wife. It’s all good.

    Racist

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    Curt Says:

    Jeez…..

    “Slack and TO the left” that would be

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    Anne Says:

    Curt: texting is disallowed in the clubhouse, but Matty just texted me all secret-like saying he doesn’t care the amount of fine he gets served. He wants to know which of us loves him more. I still think it’s me.

    Joe Simpson brought me back down to earth just now and reminded all of us that Martin Prado has been pretty darned great, too. Agreed.

    Jurrjens getting run support is glorious in and of itself.

    I am SO STOKED I have tickets to tomorrow night’s game. Go Braves!

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    Curt Says:

    So Anne, what do you think it will take to get Diaz starting in right over Frenchy? We finally got Kelly out of there.

    And I saw some tool from SPorting News listing his NL All Stars and McCann was the only Brave. Doesn’t Jurrgens, Vazquez or Soriana at least get in the discussion?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Curt, “Slack and to the left” is hilarious.

    We just slaughtered the champs’ Ace. Two-hit them.

    Are we a good ballteam or something? What the heck?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    (Thanks for the comforting words, Will…)

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    Anne Says:

    Prefaced by: what the heck do I know about baseball…I’ll see if I can give a thoughtful pass at answering you, Curt. Wow, Diaz instead of Francoeur in RF. Interesting. …and here I was, thinking they’d give up the platoon theory of LF, send G.A. to the glue factory and let a stud play. …but they probably paid too much for G.A. and he’s a veteran and why lose face with that. It’s not like G.A. doesn’t hit, he certanly does. He just can’t or won’t hustle, and that ain’t cool.
    Meanwhile, who’s up for trade and/or is a more valuable trade? That goes back to the buzz: would they ever let hometown Francoeur go?
    If you had to trade an outfielder, would you get more bang for your buck with Diaz or Francoeur? I do NOT, repeat, do NOT want Diaz going anywhere, but if you were him, which would you want: a place that plays you every day (or mostly every day) for probably more pay…or a place where you can pal around in the dugout, clutch-out every now and again and be all heroic, hover around .300 have adoring, giggly fans like me? What is he, 31 or so? It’s a pretty nice life for Matty D. here. I have no idea what his contract looks like nor how happy he is, but I hope he is. I think he (and the team?!?) would be happier if he played every day, or at least more often.
    That was a lot of digression. So, what’s it gonna take?? Me changing careers and becoming his agent? Doubtful.

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    Steve Says:

    Wow – I go away for a few hours and missed ALOT. The back and forth on Bub’s “edgy” comments was priceless. And damn funny too.

    What a great, a great game. And a freaking no hitter into the 7th for God’s sake. My wife just laughs and rolls her eyes every time I give her the whole, “this could be the turning point of the season” speech. But I really, really, really mean it this time. There was no good (or logical or sane) reason to think anything was actually going to change for this team from an offensive standpoint this past month, but … maybe the promotion of Prado is something tangible to point to. 27 freaking hits in two games. Heaven. Now sweep these mofo’s and take care of business in D.C.

    Anne – this may be crazy, but I think that Frenchy still gets you more in a trade (and yes, I think the Braves would/will trade him if the offer is half way decent), because there are great heights to point to in Frenchy’s career. And the possibility that he reaches them again with a change of scenery. Matty is what he is. A not quite good enough to be an everyday starter, streaky, softball team hacking, average fielding, sometimes really good bench player. Not to mention devoted admirer of yours.

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    Anne Says:

    True that, and the age thing too, with Frenchy bein’ a youngin, relatively. I hear ya.

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    JFranco Says:

    Wow what a game tonight. When was the last time the braves dominated a game like that. A sweep would be nice and to play a very horrible team like the nats next could be the win streak they need to end the first half and make a run for the playoffs against what looks like a weak division

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    Leah Says:

    If the Braves play down to the Nats and lose after a game like tonight I will shave my head and become a nun so I won’t have access the TV or Computer and therefore will have to give up this addiction. Bub, I thought your comment was very funny as always and I’m a pastor’s wife. Anne, tell Matty I said hi. Any news on Infante?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Wasn’t it a Philly series about this time last year when our fate was sealed by Kelly’s Game One drop? How ironic would it be if our season was saved by Kelly’s replacement in this year’s version of that series?

    Poor Kelly.

    I honestly don’t think Prado will have a better career than KJ. But right now, we need to ride that bat of his for as long as it’ll spew hits. Like, as in, for the rest of 2009 if need be.

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    Curt Says:

    And wouldn’t it be even more satisfying if this was the turning point in the opposite direction for the Phils?

    I think Kelly is a pretty level headed guy. Hopefully this energizes him and gives him the time to catch his breath. We could use a hot streak from him going down the stretch.

    My article is out and a link to the online version is here:
    http://wheretraveler.com/classic/us/ga/atl/fe/feature.html?dest=FE0000002939/article.html

    It’s very baseball 101 for this high brow crowd, but I wanted you guys to see it. And they pimp ABT in the print version.

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    Chris in Boston Says:

    I sure would like to see Acosta sent down and Canizares called up to platoon with Kotchman.

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    Hamilton Says:

    C in B – I agree completely.

    Get out your brooms everyone – THIS is the turning point. HUGE game tonight, let’s hope the offense can do for Javy (can we call him that?) what it did for Air Jurrjens.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    I dunno guys… about the sweep… my spidey senses are tingling to the negatory. That big inning trouble Javy runs into sometimes… Philly is so built for big innings, too. My prediction: 6-2 Phils. Sorry.

    I would go absolutely nuts if we swept them, though. It would be a statement that said “we’re not just threatening to turn it around, we’re doing it right now.” And I don’t mean a statement to us… but a statement to themselves. And they’re the ones that need to hear it.

    However… that Philly line-up…. and Happ’s pretty good…. and Javy’s due for a little trouble. My goal is to win this series and the Nats series (yes, 2 of 3… baby steps) and I want to keep that in front of me.

    No, let’s SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m conflicted, you see. *puts on “Don’t Stop” by Fleetwood Mac and tries to dance the MC Hammer to it. Knocks over coffee…*

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    Leah Says:

    I’m breaking out the broom myself. I think it’s time to break our season 3 game winning streak record.

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    Anne Says:

    Curt – nice article for WhereTraveler. I’ll try to track down the print version to see the mad pimpin’ (of ABT).

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    Curt Says:

    Its called Where Atlanta in the city. You might have to check into a hotel to find it.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Congrats on the article, Curt. Your inner cynic must have been punching your psyche pretty hard there.

    In spite of my bad feeling, I’ve hauled both kitchen brooms into the computer room. This is the most I’ve been into a series in a while. I don’t have any turkey underwear, but maybe I’ll rub some cold cuts on my butt.

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    Steve Says:

    This was no cheapie folks. The “what if” game we foolishly, baselessly started to play Sunday night is coming to fruition. And how about Bobby tonight? Managing it like he actually wanted to win. JJ to pinch run. GA pinch hitting for Frenchy (LOVED THAT!) And, Anne – Diaz was the MVP tonight. Great double in the 8th to get it started. Great steal of 3rd. Let’s just take 2 of 3 in D.C. so this can actually mean something. Getting very, very excited.

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    Leah Says:

    Wahoo! Crazy unbelievable series! Excited about Escobar’s awesome defensive play and Diaz 3rd base steal followed by GA’s homer! What team is this?

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    Leah Says:

    Also, I like how Diaz looks in RF. Why not keep him there?

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    Bubdylan Says:

    SWEEEEEEEEEEP! YEAH!

    My short list:

    *Escobar’s lay-out catch

    *Kotchman’s monster homer

    *Kotchman’s two fine fielding plays

    *Bobby managing very tight game, like a young man!

    *Gonzo-McCann on the unbelievable play at the plate to save the momentum… and the game… and the sweep… and the season.

    *Matty D stealing 3rd base!

    *Garret with the blast to put it away and take the life out of the Phils.

    *Last but not least, Vazquez’s fine, fine performance. Qualify as a big game to you, Mr. Guillen?

    Wow, and wow, and wow. Proud to be a Braves fan.

    Oh, and Garret smiled at his buddy Kotchman in the dugout after his homer. A big smile, too. :)

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    Steve Says:

    How big a statement was Bobby’s pinch hitting for Frenchy? Does it mean more than what it was tonight? In other words, is Diaz in RF tomorrow night? What a huge, important, ginormous win tonight.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Oh, and how could I leave this off of my short list:

    *Prado making the terrific final catch of the game.

    What a fun, fun game. I will scream with happiness.

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!1

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    GA Says:

    Back in Black!

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    BluesMan Says:

    SWEEP BABY!!!! Great game…that play that got Werth out at home is what saved us. That coupled w/ Diaz’s game winning RBI double…man that was awesome. Very well managed game too!! Let’s turn our record around against the Nats, and get into series contention in the division!!!!

    GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Curt Says:

    If Kelly can finally be pulled, can’t Frenchy? Not sure why that move is not in the offing. Even with Frenchy batting .270 or something on this homestand.

    Man that was a fun game.

    And Bud, yes the irony of me writing a fluff piece was priceless. Particularly after I killed them right after my visit. I’m taking credit for Diaz. My grilling him about the offense clearly inspired him to carry the load.

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    JFranco Says:

    Proud to be a Braves fan. Hopefully not set up for disappointment this weekend. Two former angels to thank for this win.

    Pretty bold move to pinch run with JJ. Don’t need a Wang tragedy on the base paths and have him go out for the season.

    Matt should be starting over Jeff. He’s always showin great numbers especially in the clutch. It’s like having Derek Fisher shoot a 3 with 2 seconds left. I want matty up in the 9th with 2 outs

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    Anne Says:

    What’s better than standing with your fellow Braves fans screaming SWEEP SWEEP SWEEP at Turner Field? Not a whole helluva lot. Oh, except Diaz being Player of the Game. That cinches my evening.

    Hey, Curt, lookit everybody on the Matty Train. All aboard.

    Here we come, Nats.

  61. 61
    Bubdylan Says:

    We’re gonna get so swept by the Nationals.

    (shhh. I’m doing magic….)

  62. 62
    Curt Says:

    Howard Johnson is right

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Steve, was the pitcher a RHP when Garret pinched? If so, I rather expect to see Frenchy in there tomorrow for the lefty.

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    Curt (Steve) Says:

    Yes. It was Madsen

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    Will Says:

    Im not really saying anything that already hasn’t been said…but this was a great GREAT game. It reminded me of old-school Braves, that feeling of pride for the team, of being a winning team, where winning is your unalienable right. The strut Andersen had rounding the bases was almost Gantish or Jordanish..the way we BEAT the Phillies not just won these game put the BRAVES back in the Braves logo on the chest….I havent had this feeling in a while. FKKN a go BRAVES!

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    Chris in Boston Says:

    Pinch hitting for Frenchy was a cathartic event. I’m stunned that Bobby did it. I think it was a major turning point.

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    Leah Says:

    C in B…it was a “whatever it takes to win, there’s no crying in baseball” kinda move. I LOVED it!

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    JFranco Says:

    A lot of people talk about how Jeff F is slumping but that guy has got cannon in right field he holds guys to long singles and going from first to third. Going to the minors didn’t help him last year. Bobby needs to find a way to get his swing back. Maybe frenchy needs a little more time with TP.

    Do you think he has any trade value? I like Kotch but that was a lopsided trade for big Tex. Abreu only signed a one year deal get him for the rest of the year to make a push for the playoffs

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    Wiley Says:

    I would rather have Matt Holliday. He too has a one year deal. Plus the A’s arent contenders (10 back) as opposed to the Angels who are in 1st. Plus Holliday is a better fielder.

    On a side note I went Tuesday and Thursday night and it didn’t feel like a normal Braves crowd. Heck I had to wait 30 minutes in line just to get tix. People were fired up and why shouldn’t they be the way were playing ball. It felt like a bit like a real baseball crowd. I am getting shivers, I better stop typing.
    Go Bravos!

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    Curt (Steve) Says:

    Braves put Kelly Johnson on DL with ‘tendinitis.’

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    Steve Says:

    Frenchy starting in RF. It takes a bit of the cathartic moment-ness out of it for me. Not to mention the Detwiler is a freakin’ lefty!!!!!! And still no Diaz in right. I guess it was crazy to think that the PH for Frenchy last night had any real meaning. But, c’mon! A lefty and still no Diaz. Bobby is unbelievable.
    Another big question for tonight. Can big game KK bring his A game for the lowly Nats?

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    Curt (Steve) Says:

    Now that’s the Braves I know and love. What an awesome inning

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    Steve Says:

    OK, OK – so Diaz did start (in LF). But I’m still wound up that Frenchy started tonight. Game #2 in a row with a PH for Frenchy in the late innings, however. I wonder how long that streak will continue? And a big resounding “No” to the question about KK being able to bring it for a non “big game” start.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Steve, it’s okay. Frenchy only stranded six runners tonight. *rolls eyes* Bobby’s deal with Frenchy is unmuthafrigginreal. It boggles the mind. Maybe he’ll punch a locker. (He’d pro’ly miss it and graze his elbow).

    A good, not great game. I know we stranded a ton of runners, but we still batted 6 for 16 with RISP, believe it or not.

    Five Straight, peoples! Tommy Hanson tomorrow. Be nice to get up about 7 to 1 and give Moylan/Gonzo/Sori the night off. *remembers who the manager is…* I meant 17 to 1.

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    Steve Says:

    Bub – I totally agree. A good game, but not great. On the other hand, we were down multiple times and kept coming back. Got a ton of hits. 8 freaking runs. That’s like 12 – 15 for teams with real offenses. The other thing is – we’re already getting spoiled by going a full work week with no losses. All these wins are great. 5 freaking games in a row. I’d forgotten how wonderful winning games was.

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    Leah Says:

    Come on Bravos let’s make it 6! Surely we can beat the nats again. I mean, really it’s the Nats.

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    Anne Says:

    Holy crap holy crap holy crap I just got to my office (don’t ask) and turned on GameDay on the web…holy crap look who’s in RF!!

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    Anonymous Says:

    I’m officially off of the bandwagon. My god that was so incredibly terrible. I want to punch something.

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    Curt Says:

    that was me. I take full credit for jumping the ship. That game is why I refuse to commit.

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    Leah Says:

    I wish I could jump ship. I think I need an intervention…just can’t stop watching and hoping. Pitch after pitch after pitch.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Curt, c’mon man. That one wasn’t so bad. Can’t win ‘em all. I think our record when leading in the 8th is ridiculously good (anybody got that number?).

    Lost a hard fought game. I’m okay with it.

    Win tomorrow and all is forgiven.

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    Steve Says:

    It’s bottom of the 8th and we’re down 4 – 1. If all is not forgiven, then where does this leave us? And I disagree. Saturday’s loss was bad. It wasn’t all tooth and nail and the best team won. We had it in the bag and gave it up because Bobby pitched Gonzo for the 4th time in 5 nights and 3 in a row. We gave it up and that hurts.

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    Curt (Steve) Says:

    Is it ok for me to assume that the Phils sweep hysteria is now dead? Losing 2 of 3 to DC, while the Phils swept the Mets. I think we can safely say this team is running in place.

    And what the hell is it about the Nationals? This playing to the competition stuff really irritates me.

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    BluesMan Says:

    Good grief…what in God’s name is it with the freakin’ Nationals? One of the worst teams in the game today, & they have a winning record against us. This series against Washington has been nothing less than frustrating. I hope they can put it behind them and take the series in Chicago…

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    Leah Says:

    Let’s shake the bugs off our feet and go bear hunting. I feel a second wind coming. I don’t know why but I do. The Nats own us. Why? No idea.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    Well, that was awful. Sigh upon everlasting sigh.

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    Lauren T. Says:

    Thanks for the shout-out, guys! :)

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